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Graphic: Trump says COVID-19 is like the flu. That’s wrong; coronavirus is far more deadly

President Trump, back at the White House following his hospitalization for COVID-19, again downplayed the disease Tuesday morning, comparing it to the flu. The graphic below offers a comparison of flu and pneumonia deaths in America, averaged over the five most recent flu seasons for which there are data, with American deaths from the pandemic so far in 2020.